Osterley parkrun, Event number 334; 16th March 2020

A guest run report from our fabulous voluntourists (this week they were car park marshals and run reporters):

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We are travelling around all different parkruns doing a spot of volunteering at each one too, we do a different one each week in hoping to complete a 'Bailey' which is 100 different parkruns without repeating, tricky with the weather being so bad (lots of rain). We had been looking for parkruns on pathways and when were at Old Deer Park they said Osterley was not a muddy one, so this is why we picked this one. A late start for us as it’s just an hour and 20 mins from home Havant in Hampshire which was nice, the weather was not too nice to us with lots of rain all the way to the park, but very little traffic so we arrived about 8am ready to start our volunteering as Car park Marshals. We walked down to Osterley House where lots of volunteers were already setting up, everyone was busy doing there bit, we looked for the grey vest with Run Director on it, a lovely man greeted us 'good morning ladies and thank you so very much for offer of volunteering to be car park Marshals', gave us our hi vi vest and explained what was to happen, so off we went to guide everyone to the right car parking spaces. At around about 8.50 the first car park was full and the 2nd one was fulling up, we left and walked to the start where the RD was giving his final talk.

The parkrun started on time with all 263 people setting off, the first lap of the course was as usual everyone finding there way and getting set in their places, fast to slow and everyone at their own pace, all the marshals around to course were very encouraging to everyone, even when come up to the lovely water feature which was three quarters of the way around, there was a lovely lady Shveta Shah (* who is one of the parkrun You Tube stars from the 'This Girl Can' campaign last week - see her video below) who lost both her shoes (one fell off, and when she went to retrieve it, the other came off) but still finished the course and was able to laugh about it!

Osterley is a 2 lap course around the outside of Osterley Park starting and finishing in front of The House. We both finished our runs and we both thought it was a lovely gesture that one of the local parkrunners came back and encourages you to finish which is a lovely way to make you feel good to finish the course, which made our run a pleasurable one for that extra support is needed at the last part, which can be the hardest. We went off to the cafe for post coffee and chat with other tourists, but when everyone leaves the volunteers step in and finish closing down and packing up all the equipment and storing it away until next week. So we are sure that all of the 27 volunteers on the day without them there is NO parkrun, so thank you each and everyone for you are all super stars! ... if you are planning to get to Osterley Park it’s a super place to visit it’s easy to find and lots of parking, lovely cafe and lovely support from everyone there, we now move on to our next parkrun - until next time Osterley Park.

The Foxy Ladies Denise & Samantha carry on with their Quest

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Shveta's video (with shoes on hopefully :) ) -> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VVs-xxrltoQ

All the run details here:

Osterley parkrun
Event number 334
14th March 2020

 

This week 263 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 37 were first timers and 35 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 30 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 28 volunteers:

Geoff MILES • Andrew LAWRENCE • Kay LYDALL • Brian STAKELUM • Christopher MAYBIN • Nick CRYAN • Clare EVERARD • Fiona CLOSE • Sharon PRENDERGAST • Antony BROWN • Kenny CHAN • Dave BOOKLESS • Paul DUFFY • Ben CRYAN • Jessamyn LUSCOMBE • Charles SIMMONDS • Samra SAID • Matthew BALE • Gabriella EVANS • Sophie ROUHAUD • Seamus MCEVOY • Jozsef MAK • Denise FOXE-KING • Connie PALLETT • Tina DONOVAN • Samantha FOXE-KING • Ayaan BAIG • Rahul SONDHI

 

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Osterley parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Tom FAIRBROTHER who recorded a time of 16:21 on 11th May 2019 (event number 292).
The female record is held by Kate DREW who recorded a time of 18:24 on 25th January 2020 (event number 327).
The Age Grade course record is held by Jane DAVIES who recorded 94.90% (23:51) on 30th November 2019 (event number 318).

 

Osterley parkrun started on 31st August 2013. Since then 8,892 participants have completed 52,827 parkruns covering a total distance of 264,135 km, including 8,623 new Personal Bests. A total of 604 individuals have volunteered 4,700 times.

 

 

Osterley parkrun, Event number 332; 29th February 2020

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Hurricane Jorge - is that all you’ve got?!

I guess, like most parkrunners, I peeped through the bedroom curtains on Saturday morning apprehensive about what I might find. Well it was no surprise to find it raining again. Storm Jorge was with us. Was I going to be put off attending parkrun? As an ardent Bruce Springsteen fan I like to think ‘Born to Run’ is my mantra. ‘Born to Run, unless it’s raining’ is not quite so Rock and Roll. So without further ado I was on my way. Actually, if I wasn’t writing this report I may have well stayed in bed!

On arrival at Osterley Park I was greeted by a soggy Hutchinson family (including their dog, Isla) who had picked the short straw of car park duty. Gathering around the big house the crowd seemed sparse. Jorge was getting his way. As it turned out, 199 brave runners took to the start line - some 200 less than normal.

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However, the breeze was mild and the rain light by the time 9.00am arrived. So the happy band of volunteers took to their stations and we were soon on our way. After the mad dash to the first corner it was a case of avoiding the puddles as we made our way down towards the bridle path. As luck would have it I was in the mid-field, the perfect position to look for things to write about. Past the lake and soon we were heading back towards the stately house and facing up to the newly installed water jump. This feature is fast becoming very popular with one and all. You now need a strategy to get past it. Do I go around it, over it, or through it? Well as it’s a leap year obviously I leapt over it and looked forward to confronting it again next time around.

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As you head down toward the woods it’s time to grit your teeth and dig in as you hit the wind. Jorge huffed and puffed but we stood strong. Winding your way through the woods you soon approach what I think of as ‘Derek’s gate’. Derek is almost always there with a smile and cheery words of encouragement like ‘hurry up they’re catching you!’ I’m not sure if Derek is there all week or just for parkrun, but either way he is an outstanding Marshal.

Soon the runners are streaming past the house to end lap one and keen to hear their time as they are roared on by the volunteers. Now, it’s just a case of doing it all again, but a bit slower. As you go around again you are hoping that Jozsef gets a nice picture of you in action looking like my other heros Steve Ovett or Paula Radcliffe. In my experience, the further you go the worse the picture and the older and more dishevelled you look.

There is no finer sight second time around than another look at Derek, which means you have nearly finished! All that’s in front of you now is to skip round the lake, a wave to the smug swans and bound through the finish line. Then collapse in an undignified heap.
One benefit of a reduced field is it’s a darn sight quicker to get a coffee and a scrumptious slice of cake as you dwell on the glory of your morning run and compare notes with your fellow runners in the Stables café.

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Despite the grim weather conditions there were some notable performances today. None more so than 1st woman home Bethan Everson who recorded the 3rd fastest time ever by a women at Osterley of 18.44, and a new SW25-29 Osterley course record to boot. An outstanding effort.

And who knew we were in the company of parkrun royalty? Kirsty Bangham was running her 623rd parkrun. That’s over 3,000 kilometres! Kirsty is 6th in the all-time UK parkrun attendance list. Only one woman has run more parkruns than she has. I’m proposing to the Osterley parkrun committee that we give her Osterley House as a reward - please Tweet #kirstyshouse if you agree! I’m also keen to have a statue of today’s first place finisher Simon Shaw – for the 28th time at Osterley - erected alongside the steps, with Kirsty’s approval obviously. Finally I would like to tip my hat to the 14 runners who recorded a PB today but it’s blown away.

So that’s it from me. Next week I’m off to take on one of the countries hardest parkruns, the sand dunes of Woolacombe Bay. See you there, Kirsty!?

- Ray Carter

As some of you are probably aware, it’s just under eight weeks until the London Marathon, and two of our RDs are running the marathon for charity this year. Jess is running for Shooting Star Chase Children’s Hospice and John is running for WaterAid. Several of you have asked about sponsoring John and Jess, and certainly any support would be gratefully received!

Their sponsorship pages are here:
https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/jessamy-carlson-lm2020
https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/marathonbee

This week 199 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 24 were first timers and 12 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 22 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 29 volunteers:

Liz MANN • Simon HARRISON • Robert HUTCHINSON • Louise HUTCHINSON • Christopher MAYBIN • Emily HUTCHINSON • Clare EVERARD • Owen SEAMAN • Austin MCHALE • Charmaine MCHALE • Alison DANIELS • Finlay MCBRIDE • Jessamy CARLSON • Ben CRYAN • Nigel BOSTOCK • Samra SAID • Jon RODGERS • Rachel MAURICE • Gabriella EVANS • Seamus MCEVOY • Jozsef MAK • Emese JUHASZ • Derek WINDEATT • Ray CARTER • Robert CAIN • Shatha KHALIL • Debra BOOKER • Ayaan BAIG • Rahul SONDHI

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Osterley parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Tom FAIRBROTHER who recorded a time of 16:21 on 11th May 2019 (event number 292).
The female record is held by Kate DREW who recorded a time of 18:24 on 25th January 2020 (event number 327).
The Age Grade course record is held by Jane DAVIES who recorded 94.90% (23:51) on 30th November 2019 (event number 318).

Osterley parkrun started on 31st August 2013. Since then 8,796 participants have completed 52,159 parkruns covering a total distance of 260,795 km, including 8,522 new Personal Bests. A total of 596 individuals have volunteered 4,644 times.

 

Osterley parkrun, Event number 331; 22nd February 2020

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Despite the gusty and grey weather on Saturday morning, the buzz of activity at Osterley parkrun at 8:45 was just as lively as usual as everyone flooded in from the car park and tube station. We welcomed a whopping 69 people who were new to Osterley, of which 8 were parkrun first timers. After the new runner briefing, it was time for the main briefing delivered by our esteemed run director Chris... or was it? The microphone speaker decided it had other plans, and after picking up a bluetooth connection to someone's phone played a bit of mystery impromptu warm-up music. Once we figured out the source of the music, attention was turned back to the briefing. We celebrated a number of milestones - congratulations to Jim TWIST on his 250th run, and to Sarah HYATT, Wanda DAWSON, and Jagdip GILL on completing 50 runs. We hope you enjoy wearing your shiny new milestone tees.

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359 people completed our lovely two lap course (and several did impressive jumps over/splashes through the chicane gate puddle which seems to grow week on week). The male and female first finishers were Osterley regulars Simon SHAW in 18:22 and Rachael TURNER in 19:45. Louise HUTCHINSON recorded the highest age grade with 82.65% in the VW60-64 category, with Mike DENNISON hot on her heels with 81.86% in the VM60-64 category.

A number of parkrunners recorded arbitrary yet somewhat satisfying times - Hadi KHATAMIZADEH finished in 22:00, Sabrina CANT in 22:22, Rishi SHARMA completed the course in 23:23, Barnaby SILVERSTONE in 24:24, Michael JAMES in 26:00, Clare MCKENZIE in 27:00, Nick CRYAN in 29:29, Claire WARNER in 33:00, Simon TAPP in 34:00, and Lesley FARROW in 35:35. Regular Osterley volunteer Samra SAID decided for a change of scene and took to the course this week, coming through the funnel in 46:41 and recording a new PB. In total 36 runners, joggers and walkers recorded PBs - very well done to all involved.

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If you would like to volunteer in the coming weeks we have lots of different roles available - please take a look at the future roster page under the volunteer section of the site and get in touch. You don't need any technical knowledge or special kit; full training will be given on the day and all the jobs are easy to pick up. Thank you to this week's wonderful host of 26 volunteers who made the event happen:

Kam HEER • Robert KIPLING • Robert HUTCHINSON • Christopher MAYBIN • Emily HUTCHINSON • Clare EVERARD • Owen SEAMAN • Kenny CHAN • Ben CRYAN • John BOWLING • Samra SAID • Louise BALE • Matthew BALE • Matthew ROBERTS • Jacintha BAILEY • Nicola BRADLEY • Isaac BALE • Seamus MCEVOY • Jozsef MAK • Derek WINDEATT • Lorraine HILL • Connie PALLETT • Tina DONOVAN • Zee BEGUM • Gurdeep MATHARU • Rahul SONDHI

- Emily Hutchinson

This week 359 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 69 were first timers and 36 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 40 different clubs took part.

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Osterley parkrun Results Page: https://www.parkrun.org.uk/osterley/results/latestresults/

The male record is held by Tom FAIRBROTHER who recorded a time of 16:21 on 11th May 2019 (event number 292).
The female record is held by Kate DREW who recorded a time of 18:24 on 25th January 2020 (event number 327).
The Age Grade course record is held by Jane DAVIES who recorded 94.90% (23:51) on 30th November 2019 (event number 318).

Osterley parkrun started on 31st August 2013. Since then 8,772 participants have completed 51,960 parkruns covering a total distance of 259,800 km, including 8,510 new Personal Bests. A total of 593 individuals have volunteered 4,615 times.

 

Osterley parkrun, Event number 330; 15th Feb 2020

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St Valentine sent a love letter of red warnings last weekend, with storm Dennis responsible for the cancellation of over 171 parkruns across the country. We had warned our participants and volunteers that predicted gusts above 50mph might mean a rare cancellation for us too, but happily, and against all odds, we went ahead as planned.

The weather at Osterley still wasn’t terribly loving though, with pre-event set-up volunteer Emily Hutchinson reporting a smorgasbord of puddles and tough conditions across the two lap course. We thought the elements would be the only thing to worry about but thank God for our new Walkie Talkies, which enabled our marshal Julie to report the surprising news that the 2nd gate on the back lane wouldn’t open. Despite sending Event Director Geoff to survey the scene, who enlisted the help of a local farmer, the gate stayed firmly shut. We take safety very seriously so we would like to thank all 307 of you who listened intently to the Run Director and ran, jogged and walked safely past this tricky obstacle.

We still don’t know yet if it was the closed gate or the puddle that was most challenging on Saturday? Either way we are grateful to our amazing photographer Jozef who captured some amazing puddle leaping shots.

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Our walkie talkies also came in very handy when our marshal Amanda alerted us to the impending arrival of the first runner. Euan LEES was a first timer at Osterley parkrun and finished in 18:19 mins. In the women’s category Jayne GRIFFITHS crossed the line in 22:46 to finish first lady.

Despite tough conditions 22 people recorded Personal Bests this week, including Malony KADA who seems to be beating her PB week in and week out. We also had representatives of 30 different clubs who took part including Richmond Running Club who brought quite a crowd, and paid us some warm and very kind feedback. Thank you for coming; we hope to see you again.

Special mention this week also goes to our barcode scanning volunteers who were all U-18s, with Ben doing it as park of his DoE Bronze medal.

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Congratulations were also in order for our event Director Geoff Miles who celebrated this Valentine’s Day parkrun with his 11th anniversary of participating at parkrun.

The event was made possible by 23 volunteers:

Michael OSBORNE • Geoff MILES • Christopher MAYBIN • Emily HUTCHINSON • Clare EVERARD • Owen SEAMAN • Julie LYNN • Ben CRYAN • Amanda CAHILL • Samra SAID • Louise BALE • Matthew BALE • Nigel BALE • Isaac BALE • Seamus MCEVOY • Duncan FUTTER • Jozsef MAK • Rana MAINEE • Connie PALLETT • Jodie VICKERY • Tina DONOVAN • Zee BEGUM • Lauren WIGGINS

Many thanks for all your support, and we look forward to seeing you all next week!

 

Osterley parkrun, Event number 328; 1st February 2020

Run Report for Event #328 Saturday 1st February 2020

It was a blustery morning which greeted everyone at Osterley parkrun, with glimmers of sporadic sunshine seeping through the clouds. With the work continuing for the next few weeks of installing a water source heat pump to produce greater energy efficiency for the National Trust property, the start area is currently slightly restricted.

Narrower than usual

This didn’t deter 405 people attending and completing the 5km course – some overnight rain had also produced a couple of puddles and tacky, muddy areas which were carefully negotiated by everyone on each lap!

Arlene Gallagher made a thoroughly professional debut as Run Director, and all the volunteers ensured the event progressed with seamless maturity! Congratulations to Derek Windeatt for his 100th volunteering at Osterley parkrun - Derek is also a regular volunteer on Sunday’s at the junior version too! In all, 35 volunteers helped to put the event on, and thanks go to:

Geoff MILES • Arlene GALLAGHER • Kam HEER • Louise HUTCHINSON • Christopher MAYBIN • Fiona MAYBIN • Emily HUTCHINSON • Simon SHAW • David DUGGAN • Sally RAHEJA • Michael LIMPERT • Ekam SINGH SANDHU • Alexander SHEPHARD • Julie LYNN • Chris GOWER • Alison DANIELS • Finlay MCBRIDE • Joanna GINGER • Anne OWENS • Samra SAID • Louise BALE • Matthew BALE • Tim BEESLEY • Charlotte LANNIGAN • Nigel BALE • Isaac BALE • Rory LANNIGAN • Jozsef MAK • Emese JUHASZ • Derek WINDEATT • Harriet OWENS • Connie PALLETT • Tina DONOVAN • Zee BEGUM • Lauren WIGGINS

With a couple of photographers busily taking snaps around the course, there are plenty of photos which can be seen by clicking on this link:
https://www.flickr.com/groups/osterley-parkrun/pool/

There are still spaces on the volunteer roster over the next few weeks, so why not try viewing parkrun from a different angle? Plenty of volunteering roles are available to be performed – please email osterleyhelpers@parkrun.com if you are interested.
With 405 runners, there had to be plenty of visitors, some milestones and a huge number of personal bests!

Celebrations go to Samuel Watson (JM10) for his 10th run, Fiona Close and Juliet Pickering for their 50th parkruns, as well as Sharon Gibson and Michael Potter who both notched up 100 parkruns. You can all expect an email soon to order a T shirt to recognise your achievements!

48 people completed the Osterley course for the first time, and visitors were heard to come from Milton Keynes, various parts of Greater London, as well as Reading! Within those 48 newbies were ten debutants to parkrun – hopefully you’ll be back again on a Saturday morning in the near future!

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53 people managed to go faster around the two laps than they had before which is a whopping 16% of participants who had previously registered a time. Obviously, some people enjoy breezy conditions
It appears 28 people didn’t have times registered (‘unknowns’)– the abbreviation of DFYB is parkrun terminology participants are regularly reminded of……Don’t Forget Your Barcode is great advice when getting to the start line on a Saturday morning!

David Duggan

 

Osterley parkrun, Event number 326; 18th January 2020

Osterley parkruns are always wonderful, but January editions can be cold, rainy, miserable versions of wonderful. But not today.

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There was sunshine and joie de vivre in the air, and two of our favourite Osterley parkrunners – Austin and Charmaine McHale - were renewing their parkrun vows as they ran their 250th parkruns together. We had cake, we had cheering, we had lots of new faces and we had even more personal bests!

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Austin and Charmaine ran their first Osterley parkrun together back on 2nd November 2013, (the 10th ever Osterley run), and 250 runs and just over 6 years later we helped them celebrate the big green milestone. Along the way Austin has run at Osterley 230 times out of his 250 runs and Charmaine 226 times, which by our reckoning puts them behind only the legendary Deborah Leavers (currently on 268 appearances) in terms of Osterley royalty loyalty. Stat fans, let us know if we’ve forgotten anyone!

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Today’s parkrun saw 429 runners, joggers and walkers complete the 2 lap course, compared to 261 runners on the equivalent date last year, and 142 the year before. This increase in popularity fills us with immense pride, and is in great part down to the work and support of Event Director Geoff Miles, Osterley Park General Manager Neil Cole and the whole RD and volunteer team. And of course all our fabulous participants!

However, such growth doesn’t come without its growing pains. In recent weeks we’ve had a number of complaints from both parkrunners and other park users about a lack of etiquette which we’d like to nip in the bud.

This is a request principally, but not exclusively, to the fasties in the field. The runners at the front are an inspiration, not least to show how legs can move that fast without falling off. But we have to remember that parkrun’s no.1 priority is ensuring a welcoming and encouraging environment for all runners, joggers and walkers. The top priority is not ensuring fast runners get the best possible time.

So, while shouting at runners being lapped to move out of the way, or whizzing past them with an inch or so between you, may be entirely acceptable etiquette during a race, it is absolutely unacceptable at parkrun. The fast runners may have to run a bit slower or further in order to give the slower runners and other park users the space they need but that is part of the deal when you take part at parkrun. There are plenty of races out there where fasties can go hell for leather, but there’s only one parkrun. Well, there’s 1635 parkruns actually but you know what we mean.

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It would also be really nice to see more runners from the pointy end of proceedings volunteering more. We have a wonderful parkrun community but it relies on volunteers and everyone should take the time to give back a little something. And, as anyone who has ever volunteered will tell you, you actually get an awful lot of satisfaction from doing it, and it gives you the chance to appreciate all the amazing achievements and stories that happen through the whole field.

99.9% of runners, fast and slow, act impeccably week in week out, and of course a good number of you volunteer regularly too. But it is the errant few who either don’t understand or choose to ignore the parkrun ethos who spoil things. So please let’s all make sure we live the parkrun philosophy to the full, and if you see behaviour that you feel falls below par, let us know and we’ll get on it.

But back to the inspiring bits of Osterley parkrun #326!

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We were delighted to see 21 runners on Saturday who were doing their first ever parkrun, with 56 of you running Osterley for the first time. Two of those Osterley debutants led the field home, with Ealing Eagle Will Adolphy running an impressive 16.57, only a second off his all-time parkrun pb, jumping into the history books as the 11th fastest ever runner at Osterley. Fellow first-timer David Ready ran 17.22 for 2nd place and the more familiar face of Will’s clubmate Ewan Fryatt finished 3rd in 17.29.

The women’s category on Saturday was one of the highest quality, and closely fought, we’ve ever seen. Rachel Berry finished 1st woman for the 6th time here in a speedy 19.54, closely followed by another Osterley first-timer (albeit a veteran of 247 parkruns elsewhere) Harriette Drew in 20.07 Hot on her heels in 3rd was Osterley regular Rachael Turner getting back to her best who finished in 20.09.

Lynn Wilson achieved the best age grade rating of the day with 84.36% for her 23.20 W60-64 performance, while star couple Rachel and Richard Berry were 2nd and 3rd best with 82.24% and 78.87%.

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It was lovely to see Carol Dickinson, who has a whopping 536 parkruns under her belt (415 at Bushy), back at Osterley where she scored her 4th pb in her 4th visit here. Congratulations should also go to all the other 66 runners who achieved a pb on Saturday. However, we would like to give an extra doff of the cap to fellow Run Director of this parish Alison Daniels who achieved her 5th pb since October last year. Her 26.47 run on Saturday was almost 2 minutes faster than her October 2019 pb. After taking 4 years to break her 2015 best, Alison is now knocking out pbs week in week out for fun. Amazing.

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Congratulations too to Martha Whittaker who ran her 150th parkrun despite still being a JW11-14, and marked the occasion with her fastest run since May last year. Martha wins the Osterley parkrun loyalty award as she has run every single one of her 150 parkruns at Osterley, and has also run 51 Osterley Junior parkruns! We think she has probably earned the right to try at least one parkrun somewhere else 

And last but not least, well done to Mike Howard who ran his 50th parkrun this week. We look forward to seeing you hit run no.100, Mike.

We’ve had a flood of offers to volunteer so far this year which is brilliant. A big thank you to this week’s magnificent 27, and an even bigger thank you to those who will be signing up for the weeks to come. We have lots of gaps in the roster so don’t be shy!

Many thanks for all your support and good cheer, and we look forward to seeing you all next week!

- Chris Maybin

This week 429 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 56 were first timers and 67 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 34 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 27 volunteers:

Roy WITCOMB • Lucy WITCOMB • Christopher MAYBIN • Emily HUTCHINSON • Owen SEAMAN • Babatunde DAWODU • Ray CARTER • Mark TICKNER • Ryan WILKINS • Andy BOYD • Ben CRYAN • Amanda CAHILL • Samra SAID • Louise BALE • Gillian WITCOMB • Matthew BALE • Tim BEESLEY • Gabriella EVANS • Isaac BALE • Seamus MCEVOY • Jozsef MAK • Derek WINDEATT • Andy HILLIER • Denise EUSTACE • Connie PALLETT • Penny CALLAND • Anne JACKSON

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Osterley parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Unknown ATHLETE who recorded a time of 15:44 on 23rd May 2015 (event number 89).

The female record is held by Anna CRITCHLOW who recorded a time of 18:39 on 1st January 2020 (event number 323).

The Age Grade course record is held by Jane DAVIES who recorded 94.90% (23:51) on 30th November 2019 (event number 318).

Osterley parkrun started on 31st August 2013. Since then 8,491 participants have completed 50,073 parkruns covering a total distance of 250,365 km, including 8,265 new Personal Bests. A total of 581 individuals have volunteered 4,473 times.

 

Osterley parkrun, Event number 324; 4th Jan 2020

It was one of the most beautiful winter mornings at Osterley parkrun. Arriving early at the park as the sun is breaking through the sky, taking its glorious position to shine good vibes on us, is an underrated joy. As fresh a morning as it was, our pre-event set up Dave Bookless (with 150 parkruns in the bag) reported a cold wind blowing its way through the woods. We still predicted a great turnout and prepared our funnel accordingly.

As our timekeeper Owen Seaman announced in his commanding voice ‘laydeeeeez and gentlemen, are you ready? On your marks, set, go’, we welcomed 444 runners, joggers and walkers across the start line. Amongst them were 84 first timers, runners from 35 different clubs, many tourists and those spurred on by their New Year's resolutions. This was a 62% increase in attendance compared to the same time last year.

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One thing that was most evident is how our parkrun community is growing and how, even in the depth of winter, there is such determination to run and volunteer at parkrun. One of our regular runners was stuck in traffic and missed the start, but he still turned up bearing chocolates as a gift and a smile that blessed and warmed our hearts.

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Time to salute the first male runner Mike BOUCHER who joined us for the first time back in 2018 and today finished first in 17:19, welcoming the new year with a new Osterley PB. In the women’s category Vicki TAYLOR crossed the line in 19:54 to finish 1st woman in her first visit to Osterley parkrun.

For the results processing in the cafe, we only secured a table because some of our amazing regular runners gave up their table for us. A community in action at it’s best! Our Event Director Geoff Miles pointed out that on this same date back in Janurary 2014, we had 22 runners. This made me curious to reflect on the past and review our milestones. Since we started, we have attracted more runners every year, as you can see from the chart below. Could we one day join the 1st Saturday in January 700 club as our neighbouring parkrun community in Gunnersbury did on Saturday?!

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Though the event went as smoothly as a Run Director can hope for, we’ve encountered an issue that only became apparent during processing the results that our backup timer failed. Its sole purpose is to photograph runners as they cross the finish funnel and cross check the finish time. We took the decision to publish the results as they were, but welcomed queries about any anomalies. Thanks to everyone who got in touch and for your patience. We are reviewing what new technology we can adopt to ensure this process is better in the future!

Here’s to the amazing 27 volunteers who made this free, weekly, timed, community parkrun event possible.

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Token-sorting volunteer Clare Mitchell expressed to her co-token sorting colleagues Louise Bale and Fiona Maybin how amazing it was to be able to run and then still be able to volunteer. There are so many ways you can help after you complete your 5k parkrun. We have runners who aren’t noted down as volunteers but who with a blink of an eye help us clear the course away and return the park to its natural state, as if a parkrun event had never taken place. Today it was the amazing Jim Twist, Austin and Charmaine MCHALE and Babatunde DAWODU (who wrapped up 2019 by celebrating his 300th parkrun) who performed the magic.

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Our barcode scanners Caroline Sibia, Matthew Bale, Charlotte Lannigan and Rory Lannigan did an incredible job managing not just the queues, but also the innovative ways people display their barcode, from the torn-up print out to the Christmas wristband barcode that some were lucky enough to have been gifted. I think we have comfortably transitioned to using the parkrun virtual app for scanning barcodes but it is good to know the old scanners are charged and ready, just in case.

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We are so fortunate we can relive our parkun event via the lens of our regular photographers Jozsef MAK and Emese JUHASZ. Check out the Osterley photo page to see if you have made their album and feel free to share your photos on social media. https://www.flickr.com/groups/osterley-parkrun/pool/

Well done to everyone who came along to run, walk, volunteer and support today. We look forward to seeing you all next week and throughout 2020. Together we can make this year the best for healthy exercising and be the best version of ourselves.

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- Samra Said

This week 444 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 84 were first timers and 36 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 35 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 27 volunteers:
Louise ZASS-BANGHAM • Geoff MILES • Robert HUTCHINSON • Christopher MAYBIN • Fiona MAYBIN • Emily HUTCHINSON • Nick CRYAN • Owen SEAMAN • Austin MCHALE • Ekam SINGH SANDHU • Els VERMEULEN • Thea ZASS-BANGHAM • Kris VERMEULEN • Dave BOOKLESS • Ben CRYAN • John BOWLING • Samra SAID • Matthew BALE • Tim BEESLEY • Charlotte LANNIGAN • Caroline SIBIA • Isaac BALE • Rory LANNIGAN • Jozsef MAK • Emese JUHASZ • Derek WINDEATT • Clare MITCHELL

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Osterley parkrun Results Page: https://www.parkrun.org.uk/osterley/results/weeklyresults/?runSeqNumber=324

The male record is held by Unknown ATHLETE who recorded a time of 15:44 on 23rd May 2015 (event number 89).

The female record is held by Anna CRITCHLOW who recorded a time of 18:39 on 1st January 2020 (event number 323).

The Age Grade course record is held by Jane DAVIES who recorded 94.90% (23:51) on 30th November 2019 (event number 318).

Osterley parkrun started on 31st August 2013. Since then 8,372 participants have completed 49,246 parkruns covering a total distance of 246,230 km, including 8,149 new Personal Bests. A total of 575 individuals have volunteered 4,422 times.

 

New Year’s Day 2020!

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744! What a turnout to welcome in 2020. It was mild for the time of the year, the 10:30 start probably suited some recovering revellers getting up a bit later than for a Saturday, but could anyone have predicted that the record Osterley turnout, previously 587 (6 July 2019), would be smashed to smithereens? A wonderful volunteer team, led by joint RDs Alison Daniels and Jessamy Carlsson, seemed to take it all in their stride, though no doubt they were like the swans on the lake, appearing to glide smoothly across the water while their legs worked like billy-o below the surface! Well done to them all, and a special mention to Louise Blackledge who managed lord knows how many cars squeezing in to the car park.

No doubt many of those cars had driven from other events that had take place at 8:30 or 9:00, to take in the annual opportunity to do the New Year’s Day Double. I myself came from Crane Park, giving a lift to three parkrunners I’d never met before. One, Robert Clark, was doing his 95th parkrun and all 95 have been at different venues. Looks like Robert will be joining the Hoffman Club (100 events at 100 localities) on 1st February – congratulations in advance, Robert! And another of my passengers was Folusho Olusanyo, who’s now on 67 events at 67 localities, and whose first 25 events were one at each of the available parkrun alphabet letters. Quite an honour to have this duo in my car.

24 of the 744 were doing their first parkrun. New Year’s resolutions perhaps? Congratulations to them and welcome to the parkrun community. Hope Saturday mornings at 09:00 will change for you in the future: don’t forget that little piece of paper can be used at any parkrun in the world.

And, unsurprisingly with that turnout, there were some milestones too. Savita Shaunak, Alexander Smotrov, Adnan Arfeen and Jim Laidlaw were all clocking up their 50th (red tee-shirts to be ordered soon no doubt); Sean Crowley, Mike Duncan and James Taylor did their 100ths (ditto with the black tee-shirts); Helen Blackmore did her 150th; and Becky Silver, Lucianne Hoskin and Richard Francis ran their 200ths. But they all have a long way to go to reach Paul Killick, who today did his 675th parkrun: that’s quite incredible!

On to the front of the field. First home in 17:09 was Ewan Fryett from the Ealing Eagles Running Club; and he was followed home by Santosh Rai, who’s one of the leading lights at Northala Fields parkrun, and James Horrex. First female was Anna Critchlow, from West 4 Harriers, who clocked 18:39 and also got a fantastic 92.14% age grading. She beat off Sarah Gerrie and Isobel Rea. Well done to them all.

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It’s only three days to the next parkrun day. Osterley has plenty of vacancies on their volunteer rota for this Saturday and the coming weeks too. Do give some thought to giving up your run one day - volunteering is great fun! - and thus enabling this wonderful institution to continue and grow.

Wishing everyone an injury-free 2020 that’s full of personal bests or whatever running goals you wish for.

Simon Grigor (A2885882; home parkrun – Harrow)

You can follow Osterley parkrun on Facebook, twitter and Instagram.

Full results and a complete event history can be found on the Osterley parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Unknown ATHLETE who recorded a time of 15:44 on 23rd May 2015 (event number 89).
The female record is held by Anna CRITCHLOW who recorded a time of 18:39 on 1st January 2020 (event number 323).
The Age Grade course record is held by Jane DAVIES who recorded 94.90% (23:51) on 30th November 2019 (event number 318).

Osterley parkrun started on 31st August 2013. Since then 8,288 participants have completed 48,802 parkruns covering a total distance of 244,010 km, including 8,113 new Personal Bests. A total of 572 individuals have volunteered 4,395 times.

 

Event 322 Saturday 28th – a family affair

Osterley parkrun launched the Saturday morning between Christmas and New Year
(and last Saturday of the decade) with 270 participants and 21 volunteers – the
9:00am start coincided with grey clouds, and comparatively warm temperatures as
everybody congregated around the start/finish area, outside the historic house. The
atmosphere was extremely friendly, with plenty of runners discussing festive cheer,
and experiences at parkruns on Christmas Day – looking at the attire of runners,
Santa and his elves had obviously been busy delivering running orientated presents
too!

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Jessamy Carlson gave an entertaining briefing, and the full team of volunteersmarshalled and organised the event with the great expertise – the following individuals are to be thanked:

Amanda CAHILL  •  Caroline SIBIA  •  Christopher MAYBIN  •  David
DUGGAN  •  Derek WINDEATT  •  Ekam SINGH SANDHU  •  Gabriella
EVANS  •  Geoff MILES  •  Gurdeep MATHARU  •  Isaac BALE  •  Jack
WRIGHT  •  James HILL  •  Jessamy CARLSON  •  Jessamyn
LUSCOMBE  •  Jozsef MAK  •  Kenny CHAN  •  Louise BALE  •  Matthew
BALE  •  Neil BASS  •  Rana MAINEE  •  Samra SAID

We all know Christmas is a time for family, and parkrun likes to welcome new people
in the family of over 6 million who possess a barcode. At Saturday’s run, 7 people
christened their barcodes – congratulations to Lorna Bruce, Diago Dsouza and five
members of the Bute family – Amanda, Paul, Alisa, Clara and Kirsten – hopefully
you’ll be back to use your barcodes again soon!

Whilst mentioning families, a few jumped out whilst looking at the details of the
parkrun. The Ward family of four ran at Osterley for the first time – Oliver (JM 11-
14) completed the 5km in 24:14, his faster parkrun time, and Mum Nicky also
achieved her fastest parkrun after 15 runs (26:47). Dad Paul ran with Bethany
(JW10) and both completed the course in 32:14! The Pitt family ran at various
parkruns on Christmas Day due to work commitments with the NHS (we thank you
for that!), and had a celebratory run together at Osterley – daughters Steph, Sophie
and father Jeremy, all crossing the line within a second of 29:14! (I’ll add my
personal thanks to them for encouraging me in the last kilometre!). Parents
Jacqueline and Joseph Chang along with sons Jacob and Thomas have run over
750 parkruns between them, and added to their tally with completing two laps around
the scenic estate. The Bale family also ran and volunteered – with Nigel running,
Louise performing a volunteer role which also allowed her to get run, and Isaac and
Matthew volunteering!

It appears 9 people didn’t have times registered (‘unknowns’)– the abbreviation of
DFYB is parkrun terminology participants are regularly reminded of……Don’t Forget
Your Barcode is great advice when getting to the start line on a Saturday morning!

With 270 runners, there had to be some milestones, and there were! Official
celebrations go to Thomas Chang (JM10, and mentioned above) for his 10 th run,
Jack Wright for his 50 th parkrun (thanks for doing the first timers briefing too!!) as
well as Robert Cain and Philippa Brown, and Seamus McEvoy on his 100 th (94
have been at Osterley!). You can all expect an email soon to order a T shirt to
recognise your achievements! Not an official milestone, John Scaife completed his
200 th parkrun – I reckon that’s worth a mention too!

There are still spaces on the volunteer roster over the next few weeks, so why not try
viewing parkrun from a different angle? Plenty of volunteering roles are available to
be performed – please email osterleyhelpers@parkrun.com if you are interested.
You may have seen Osterley is hosting a parkrun on New Years Day, the only day in
the year when parkrunners can record two parkruns. Osterley parkrun will start at
10.30am and an above average number of runners are expected – if you are only
running at Osterley, please arrive early – if you are doing a double, please get here
as soon as you can whilst obeying speed limits if driving! Car park marshals will
direct you to appropriate places – please recognise they are volunteers and will be
guiding to the best areas!

As mentioned at the start, it’s the end of the year – a fantastic year! 50 parkruns with
15,048 runs have taken place…that’s 75,240 km of well-trodden steps around our
course! It averages 301 people for each run – outstanding!!! Whilst looking at the
statistics, it’s also noticed that the total number of runs has reached just over 48,000
– this means that the 50,000 th finisher should happen in within the next two months –
could it be you?

David Duggan

 

New Years Day parkrun

We are pleased to confirm an additional parkrun at Osterley on NY day. Start time is 10.30

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